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March 26, 2015

speech therapy and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach

Stephanie Gerlich, MS, CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, completed additional Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach training this month.  

SOS is a feeding approach for children who have trouble at mealtime.  This approach was founded by a child psychologist, Kay Tommey, PhD and a speech therapist, Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP.  It stands for Sequential Oral Sensory Approach for Feeding.  Additional information is available on

Stephanie approves of the approach that looks at the whole child in order to assess why a child is not eating or has a very limited diet.  Intervention then begins within a child‚Äôs comfort level and kids are allowed to explore and learn about food in a non-threatening way through play.  

If your child is a very picky eater or has a highly limited diet, consider scheduling a free phone Intake with a SOS trained speech therapist or occupational therapist at Child and Family Development to determine if an evaluation is recommended.

Read more about our SOS services here

Our team consists of 9 licensed speech therapists, rather than assistants or aides.  We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.



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